Colonel Joe (Dillinger, Wise Guy) an Asian elephant at Circus Krone

 ☨ ♂ Colonel Joe (Dillinger, Wise Guy)  
Colonel Joe on his birthday 2004 on Circus Krone, Germany, with his trainer since 1990, James Puydebois.
Colonel Joe on his birthday 2004 on Circus Krone, Germany, with his trainer since 1990, James Puydebois.

Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 48 years old
Id numberSSP Number: (679)
Body height: 3.08 meter, 10.1 feet
Body weight: 6800.00 kg, 14960.00 lbs
Born:* 1964 wild
Birth place:
Dead date: 2012-05-01?
Death reason: age:
Present / last location:Circus Krone, in Germany

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

2002-00-00Circus Krone
from Circus Vargas
Circus Vargas 1973-00-00
from Gene Holters Movieland Animals (Gene Holter)
Gene Holters Movieland Animals (Gene Holter) 1972-00-00
from Los Angeles Zoo
Los Angeles Zoo 1965-03-08
from Jungleland Thousand Oaks animal farm (Louis Goebel)

Document updated2010-11-14: height and weight
2011-03-22: Previous locations, Name, Text RE
2012-05-03: dead
2012-06-07: death location not confirmed
2012-09-02: corr height
2017-03-10: link to EleWiki submitted
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† Colonel Joe (Dillinger, Wise Guy) is a dead castrated Male ♂ Asian elephant, (Elephas maximus), who died at Circus Krone, in Germany, of age in 2012-05-01?. (see detailed list).


Colonel Joe (Dillinger, Wise Guy) was born wild 1964.

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Claimed weight: 7 tons, and height: 3.50 meter high are probably unrealistic, but he is over three meters, and more than 5,5 tons heavy.

According to EEG he was 3.08 meters.

"When this elephant came to Circus Vargas from the LA Zoo in 1973 he had already been castrated at the Vet School in Davis, Cal. To my knowledge, the first time this had ever been done successfully. At the zoo he was called "Dillinger" so they must have known something. With Vargas he was trained by Wally Ross who re-named him "Colonel" after my dad colonel Williams Woodcock but later Rex Williams changed it to "Joe" (Joe Metcalf) since he always preferred one syllable names. For some reason, his billing has remained "Colonel Joe", even in Europe."
//Buckles Woodcock

"Jack [Badal] named him Dillinger because he was a tough little fellow and full of himself. The Los Angeles Zoo did a contest with the zoo patrons to name the baby, after a few weeks they came up with Wise Guy."
//Ivan Henry, The Circus Blog

The North American Regional Studbook for the Asian Elephant formerly listed this elephant with a Temporary Studbook Number (T2143), lacking "supporting documentation to validate their identity." However, the 2010 Edition updates his entry to #679.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2020). Colonel Joe (Dillinger, Wise Guy), an Asian at Circus Krone in Germany. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 22 January 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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Categories2012 deaths | 1964 births | Elephants from Circus Krone | Germany | Asian elephants

This document was updated: 2020-10-18 06:25:24

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